[NEWS] SCHEDULE OF SPORTS EVENTS IN MALAYSIA FOR 2011

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Following is the schedule of sports events

in Malaysia for 2011.

MALAYSIA GAMES (SUKMA)

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Beginning 2011, Sukma will be held annually, organised alternatively by the

National Sports Council (NSC) at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil and

the chosen states.

The NSC-organised Sukma will be held from May 28 to June 11 and will be on a

smaller scale, involving between 2,500 and 3,500 athletes who compete in 19

selected sports.

SEA GAMES

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The 27th SEA Games, to be hosted by Indonesia, will be held from Nov 11 to

25 at two venues, Jakarta and Palembang, and will comprise 37 sports. At the

Games, Malaysia will be defending the gold medal in football.

FOOTBALL

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The M-League, comprising the Premier League, Super League, FA Cup, Malaysia

Cup is expected to kick off on Jan 15.

- The President Obama Cup in the United States from Feb 12 to 20

- Olympic Games Qualifiers 2012 - Malaysia vs Pakistan at the National

Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Feb 23

- Olympic Games Qualifiers 2012 - Pakistan vs Malaysia in Karachi, Pakistan,

on March 9

- Chelsea Asia Tour match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on July 21

FORMULA ONE (F1)

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The Malaysian F1 Grand Prix will be held at the Sepang Circuit from

April 8 to 10, after races in Australia and Bahrain

Three teams are expected to represent Malaysia in the race:

1. Team Lotus spearheaded by Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes will feature Jarno

Truli and Heikki Kovalainen as drivers.

2. Renault F1 Team developed by Renault. Proton has bought into Renault and

is expected to be on the grid with one of the drivers being Robert Kubica while

the other is to be announced shortly.

3. The Petronas-sponsored team of Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team will have

seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg as drivers.

MOTOGP

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The Sepang Circuit will organise the World Motorcycle Grand Prix from Oct 21

to 23, the penultimate race of the season which ends with the Valencia GP.

Malaysia will be represented by Zulfahmi Khairuddin of the Air Asia-Sepang

International Circuit team in the 125cc class.

Zulfahmi is said to have received offers from other teams for the 2011

season.

LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI (LTdL)

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The 10-stage race will begin on Jan 23 in Langkawi and end at Merdeka

Square in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 1.

The overall prize-money for the LTdL is RM900,000, up from the previous

RM700,000.

A total of 23 teams are expected to participate in the race that features a

distance of 1,308.9km.

In Langkawi:

- First stage of Le Tour de Langkawi

- Ironman Langkawi Championships on Feb 28

- Royal Langkawi International Regatta in January

- International Tennis Futures Championships

SQUASH

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KL Open from March 17 to 20

Malaysian Open in March

GOLF

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Malaysian Open from April 14 to 17

CIMB Asia Pacific Classic from Oct 27 to 30

BADMINTON

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Malaysian Open Super Series at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil from Jan 18 to 23

-- BERNAMA

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